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Editor’s Notebook: Come on, Eileen!

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“Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya” is an apt a phrase for politics as for anything else.

But as the days count down to hours for Del. Eileen Filler-Corn’s service as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, she is not going quietly into that good night.

Democrat Filler-Corn will be handing over the gavel to Republican Todd Gilbert on Wednesday, but she has spent the last couple of days peppering Gilbert with requests-cum-proposals for running the session during the COVID era.

(To digress: Famous line from President Coolidge describing his Secretary of Commerce and ultimate successor, Herbert Hoover: “That man has been giving me unsolicited advice for six years . . . all of it bad.”)


The incoming Speaker is pretty much ignoring the outgoing one, at least on this matter, and announced his own protocols that are significantly less stringent than what the Democrats may have wanted. Elections have consequences, indeed.

In reality, this whole commentary was just a set-up by me to deliver (at bottom) my favorite version of the 1990s hit “Come On, Eileen” – nope, not the original by Dexys Midnight Runners, but the cover by Save Ferris.

MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH: Back in the 1990s, when toiling at the Cape Coral Daily Breeze newspaper in Florida, I was sent on a junket to cover a new hotel that had opened in the Bahamas.

(There were some perks of the job …)

As I was being taken around the compound, the lady who was escorting me said, “It’s too bad you weren’t here yesterday; we had a small press dinner and the guest of honor was Sidney Poitier.”

So close, and yet so far away!

A great actor, a class act, may he rest in peace.

TAKING THE WAYBACK MACHINE TO THIS WEEK IN 1943: The Sun’s local-history column has a lot of items from the Jan. 15, 1943, edition of the paper, which coincidentally happened to be one week before my sainted mother was born.

Among the items:

• Arlington Republicans say that while odds are always against them, they plan to run a full slate of candidates for the 11 offices on the ballot in the county in November.

• Women are being recruited to drive buses across Northern Virginia, as more men head off to war. In fact, Arlington’s Selective Service boards recently called up an additional 228 men for induction.

• Ten vehicles, mostly from D.C. and Fairfax, have been banned from Arlington roadways after their owners were accused of breaking wartime rules against “pleasure driving.” (Fast forward to the current day: When is driving EVER a pleasure on our roads?)

• The Sun’s editor notes that if the paper looks a little queer this week – his word, not mine – it’s because the motor on the paper’s Linotype machine busted, requiring the use of a backup typesetting machine.

AS PROMISED! Find the “Come On Eileen” video from Save Ferris below.

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